Pruning Through the Word
“He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.”
John 15:2-3 NLT
Let’s talk about pruning. Ok, I know it’s not a popular topic, but it’s worth thinking about.
Jesus is the true vine, we are the branches, and our job is to bear fruit. If we don’t bear fruit, we are only good for being fuel on the fire. If we do bear fruit, then the gardener—Father God, comes and prunes us so we can bear more fruit.
This pruning is called a cleaning process. We are pruned and purified. Jesus indicates this pruning can happen through the Word of God. When we submit to the Word, it will cleanse from us anything and everything that would hinder the character of Jesus from being developed in our lives. The Word is considered a light that shines on the areas of my life that have been hidden.
Regularly, I listen to podcasts and sermons from a variety of preachers. I do this because as I am preaching to others, I must be sure I am being fed myself. I was listening recently to a message, and the word being taught gripped my heart and convicted me of some laziness I had allowed in my spiritual life. God used the word spoken by another minister to prune my life so I could bear more fruit.
I had to receive that word and allow it to bring conviction and repentance to my life. Hearing the word is the start, but I must also act on the word when I hear it. I must choose to change something in my life. I admit it is hard to change when you are my age—but I can’t grow without change. So, I must be constantly changing.
The hard part is making the change permanent. When God shows me through the Word something that needs to change, it is easy to get excited and decide to change. But then I have to develop a plan on how to sustain that change. How can I do this on a consistent basis?
The Word of God is the primary tool God uses to bring pruning to our lives. Tomorrow, we will consider some more ways God prunes us.
Holy Spirit, please help me be open to Your Word every day. Help me respond with a tender, repentant heart. Help me go beyond a momentary excitement and move to life change.
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